Filipinos in Indonesia get stay permits amid coronavirus pandemic
MANILA, Philippines — Filipinos and other foreigners who are still in Indonesia due to the suspension of flights amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic will automatically be given emergency stay permits by the Indonesian government.
The Philippine Embassy in Indonesia issued this advice to the Filipino community on Friday.
Citing information from the Directorate General of Immigration of Indonesia, the embassy said: “(f)oreign nationals whose Visitor’s Permits (Index B211, B212, Visa-free, and Visa on Arrival) are to be expired, which either can be extended or cannot be extended, will be granted an Emergency Stay Permit without any application process at immigration offices.”
Likewise, foreigners whose temporary or permanent stay permits (KITAS or KITAP holders) have expired or will be expired, whether it can be extended or not, would no longer have to go through an application process to receive emergency stay permits.
Emergency stay permits are free, the embassy noted.
Indonesia has so far confirmed 1,790 COVID-19 cases, 112 of which have recovered while 170 have died.
Worldwide, the disease, which originated from Hubei, China, has infected over 1 million people in more than 180 countries and territories with the global death toll standing at 53,146 although 211,615 were able to recover.
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